Consul General of
on the occasion of the
Every year in June we celebrate the National Day of new Russia
– the Russia Day.
On this occasion we look at the results of our work.
When we are talking about economic results of 2011 I would like to stress
that we have nothing to be ashamed of, because these are good results. And
these results are primarily the results of our people’s hard work in all
sectors of industry and public service.
In the past four years Russia has
built and commissioned more than 2,000 plants and production lines in various
industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, IT and nanotechnology,
construction materials and timber processing.
In 2011 more than 60 % of Russian enterprises invested in upgrading
fixed assets, technological re-equipment and greater energy efficiency. The
inflation in the past four years has been reduced from 13,6 % to 6,1 %.
At the start of 2012 Russia’s
GDP was higher than before the crisis. This means that the national economy
eventually recovered from the consequences of the recession of 2008 – 2009. For
GDP totaled 41.421 trln roubles in 2011, up from 41.277 trln roubles in 2008.
Today we have the highest economic growth rates in the G8 and one of the
highest among the world major economies. It is 4,3 %. We are the third among
is showing positive dynamics on all key indicators of development without
exception, whereas in some countries the crisis has developed into a chronic
condition, producing a protracted recession and growing unemployment.
We have overcome the crisis, while avoiding serious risks and a debt
trap. We have preserved the stability of our national currency and the budget
is the only G8 country without a budget deficit in 2011. In fact we even have
a small surplus.
of April 1, 2012 Russia’s international
reserves amounted to more than
513.9 bln. We have the world’s third largest foreign exchange reserve after China and Japan.
Despite the crisis and its consequences real income of the population in
did not drop but even grew, although slightly. Since 2008 the average labour
pension in Russia
has increased by 150 %.
Soon a roadmap for all initiatives in
industrial and economic development will be announced. In this roadmap we will
focus on the issues of strategic, fundamental importance that have to do with
our historical prospects as a nation.
Firstly, it is the demographic
situation in Russia.
Every Russian citizen counts today.
Secondly, Russia has the world’s largest
territory. We must preserve and protect our territory from external threats and
provide modern living and working conditions in all the country’s regions. Russia’s
territory is a source of its potential strength. Now, given a sound economic strategy,
the land can become a very important foundation for increasing our
Our third priority is the
creation of new and sound jobs. We must provide millions of our people with well-paid
jobs, that can give them high living standards and the opportunity to support a
Our fourth basic goal is to
build a new economy. In terms of importance this is probably the key one. The
economy must be stable and capable of showing qualitative growth under tough
Our fifth priority is to
positions in the world.
According to our estimates within two
or three years Russia
will become one of the world’s largest economies.
The realization of our plans needs huge
investment. To increase the availability of loans for the real sector and
decrease interest rates we will develop the banking system. We have launched a
project to introduce a standard for creating a favorable investment climate in Russia.
The goal is to make the best business practices available to all regional
We are trying to attract foreign
capital to the Russian economy. We are opening up the most attractive areas of
our economy to foreign investors, granting them access to our fuel and energy
Defense contracting will also become a
resource of modernization. About 23 trillion roubles will be allocated for
re-armament of the Army and the Navy as well as modernization of the defense
industry in the next decade.
Russia has a
great cultural heritage, recognized both in the West and in the East. But we
have yet to make a serious investment in our culture and in its promotion
around the world. Russian culture is an extremely important foundation for
developing human potential and preserving our identity as a single nation. We
have approved the Russian Culture Federal Programme and are planning to
allocate about 200 billion roubles on it.
Foreign policy is part and parcel of
our strategy. External challenges and the changing world are compelling us to
make decisions that have implications for the economy, for our culture, for the
budget and for investment.
Russia is a part of the greater
world. We do not wish to and cannot isolate ourselves. We are an open nation.
And we hope that our openness will result in a higher living standards for Russia.
We intend to be consistent in
proceeding from our own interests and goals
rather than decisions dictated by someone else. Russia is only
respected and considered when it is strong and stands firmly on its own feet. Russia has always
enjoyed the privilege of conducting an independent foreign policy and this is
what we will continue to do. In addition, I am convinced that global security
can only be achieved in cooperation with Russia rather than by attempts to
push it to the background, weaken its geopolitical position.
Russia is consistent
in its policy of strengthening the
will continue our constructive course to enhance global security, renounce
confrontation and counter such challenges as the proliferation of nuclear
weapons, regional conflicts, terrorism and drug trafficking.
We will strive to ensure a new world order,
one that meets current geopolitical realities, and one that develops smoothly
and without unnecessary upheaval.
has always had good relations with moderate representatives of Islam, whose
world outlook was close to the traditions of Muslims in Russia. We are
ready to develop these contacts further. We are interested in stepping up our
political, trade and economic ties with all Muslim countries.
It is our firm conviction
that in today’s world there is no alternative to a mutually beneficial
cooperation with other countries in different spheres. This is our main
approach toward the issue of bilateral relations between Russia and Pakistan. We believe that our
relations should and can be mutually beneficial. The basic factor that enables
us to seek closer ties is absence of a single political problem that divides
We in Russia recognize the important role of Pakistan
in modern world. It is one of the leading states in Islamic world and the only
Muslim nation possessing nuclear weapons. Pakistan plays vital role in the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation, SAARK and others. We do not underestimate
the role of Pakistan
in ensuring regional stability and security in the settlement of Afghan issue
in promoting regional economic integration.
political leaders meet on regular basis. During 2011 presidents of Russia and Pakistan met six times at the
sidelines of different international forums. Both sides emphasize the
importance of developping bilateral economic cooperation and trade. The fields
of energy, steel production, telecommunications, space technologies, oil and
gas were mentioned as leading areas of cooperation.
past we had a very good example of mutually beneficial cooperation – that is
the Pakistani Steel Mills. And I want to emphasize that the project was built
when bilateral relations were not very bright. The enterprise was inaugurated
more than 30 years ago. And it is still operational. The machinery built in the
Soviet Union, although old, is still working
without any serious technical problem.
course the Pakistani Still Mills needs to be upgraded. Of course new machinery
is to be supplied. The production level is to be brought up. And we are
prepared to come and to modernize the project.
respect I personally want to stress that the follow-up of our bilateral
cooperation around the Pakistani Steel Mills can move forward the whole complex
of our bilateral cooperation.
know that Pakistan
is experiencing energy deficit. But
let us not forget that Russia
is the world’s biggest energy supplier. Our assistance in the field of energy
can be rendered in the form of oil and gas supplies.
In October last year Russia
rendered emergency assistance to flood victims in Sindh. Two Russian cargo jet
planes delivered to Karachi
84 tons of food supplies, tents, water pumps, blankets etc.
In last May we witnessed a very important visit to Russia of H.E. Mr.
Asif Ali Zardari, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In
November 2011 we followed with keen interest very successful visits to Moscow and
Saint-Petersburg of two Pakistani delegations: a delegation headed by
Honourable Chief Minister of Sindh, and a delegation led by the President of
the Federation of Pakistani Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
And of course I would like to underline a landmark visit to Moscow and talks with our
Foreign Minister Mr. Sergey Lavrov by Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Minister
of Pakistan. In the course of the talks two ministers have admitted that the
contacts between Russia and Pakistan
are getting more and more active. These contacts cover more and more fields of
activities. We have an intense political dialogue including the dialogue on the
top level. There are good prospects for bilateral cooperation between Russia and Pakistan
in realizing big transnational energy project, connecting Central Asia and South Asia. We hope the agreements reached during those
visits will be materialized for the benefit of our two countries and peoples.
As you all know the Prime Minister
Gilani during the telephone conversation with Mr. Vladimir Putin after the
latter’s victory at the Presidential Elections in Russia
in March 2012 invited him to visit Pakistan. The invitation was
accepted. We expect to see our new President in Pakistan soon
Russia intends to continue
promoting its security and protecting its national interests by actively and
constructively engaging in global politics and in efforts to solve global and
regional problems. We are ready to work for mutually beneficial cooperation and
open dialogue with all our foreign partners. We aim to understand and take into
account the interests of our partners, and at the same time we ask that our own
interests be respected.
It is symbolic that we are embarking on
this work in a year that has been declared the Year of Russia’s History. The
destiny of Russia
and its thousand-year journey have been determined by historic milestones. Our
generation must be worthy of that great history and of our great people who
created this great country. Today we, like our ancestors, centuries ago, must
draw inspiration from the faith in Russia
and love for Russia.